A full ten-game slate of NBA games on Wednesday evening during offered some demonstrative victories by dominant teams. The Milwaukee Bucks and the LA Clippers both won by 20 points, and the now stacked Brooklyn Nets finally won their fifth game of the season. Even the New Orleans Pelicans finally showed us a glimpse of what they could do when they beat the Phoenix Suns by 22 points, but tonight’s lineup is much lighter. There are only five games on the marquee for this evening.
Jazz Continue To Blaze A Path
The hottest team in the NBA, and one that is still battling the Philadelphia 76ers for the number-one spot in the NBA Power Rankings, are the surprising Utah Jazz. It’s led by Louisville’s own Donovan Mitchell, who scored 32 points on Tuesday evening against the Detroit Pistons in their 117-105 victory. He and the rest of the crew will be down in Atlanta tonight to do battle with the Hawks, who are still struggling to get back to .500 and an even 11-11.
The 10-10 Hawks (+270) will host the 16-5 Jazz (-335) at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta as 8-point underdogs with the Over/Under set at 224.5. Utah has now won 12 of its last 13 games and has the best win percentage in the entire league. Atlanta has somehow lost two games in a row, falling under that .500 mark again, where no team in the NBA aspires to be.
Mavs, Warriors Continue To Struggle
Two teams that on paper look great but, in reality, are both stuck in mediocrity so far this season are the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors. They are showing few signs of finishing anywhere but in the solid middle of the final NBA rankings this year. The 11-10 Warriors (+130) will be down in Texas visiting the 9-13 Mavericks (-155) at American Airlines Arena in Dallas this evening as 3.5-point underdogs on the road, with the Over/Under set at 224.5.
Stephen Curry, as he has for a number of years now, is leading all Golden State players, averaging 28 points per game and he has the likes of Andrew Wiggins and James Wiseman backing him up. However, the Warriors just cannot seem to get a lasting winning streak under their belts this year.
The Warriors will be based in the state of Texas for seven more days, playing more games against the Mavericks and taking on Coach Greg Popovich and his Spurs down in San Antonio.
Doc Rivers Shows Off In Philly
Led by Joel Embiid and coached by Doc Rivers, the Philadelphia 76ers remain at the top of the NBA East rankings. They’re tied with the Utah Jazz for the number-one spot in the NBA Power Rankings this week. Tonight, the 16-6 76ers (-400) will be at home at the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Philadelphia hosting the 11-9 Portland Trailblazers (+320) as 9-point home court favorites with the Over/Under set at 227.5.
Damian Lillard still leads the Trailblazers on the floor and in scoring. He is averaging over 29 points per game and still plays his heart out in hopes that the remainder of the Portland team will pick up the pace and give him some much needed support.
Rockets Fizzle, Grizzlies Sleep
Both the Houston Rockets and the Memphis Grizzlies had nice winning streaks brought to a halt in last week’s NBA action. Tonight, the Rockets travel up to Memphis to enjoy some good music and take on the Grizzlies.
In yet another game where both teams seems to be stuck in the middle of the pack, the 10-10 Rockets (+108) go head to head with the 9-7 Grizzlies (-129) as 2-point underdogs on the road. The Over/Under is set at 224 for the game, which takes place at the FedEx Forum in Memphis.
And finally, LeBron James and his 16-6 LA Lakers (-195) team welcome the 12-8 Denver Nuggets (+160) to the Staples Center as 5-point home court favorites with the Over/Under for the games set at 217.5. Lakers’ head coach Frank Vogel referred to his team as “a work in progress,” which might indicate that a repeat of last year’s performance is off the court.